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Let's Talk About Water Podcast

Season 2 of our Let's Talk About Water podcast is now airing! 

S2E3: How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities
S2E2: California Drying, California Burning
S2E1: COVID-19 and our Water Supply

Listen to all LTAW episodes>>
LTAW is hosted by Jay Famiglietti and produced by The Walrus Lab

GIWS Welcomes Andrea Rowe (PhD), EDI Specialist

Please join us in welcoming Andrea Rowe (PhD) as our new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) specialist for the Global Water Futures program, Andrea is passionate about helping us create internal structures that support our broader external objectives, drive innovation, and foster engagement.  

Contact Andrea with any EDI questions>>

IMPC: First 3 Years
New Book:
Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems
Watch a video from IMPC's annual meeting, featuring PI Saman Razavi and Co-PI Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt reviewing the project's major achievements during the first 3 years of research!

Watch the video here
The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of the key terrestrial components of the Arctic system, i.e. hydrology, climatology, permafrost, and ecology, drawing on the latest research results from across the circumpolar regions.


Congratulations to the following for their well-deserved awards, recognitions and appointments!

Upcoming Webinars, Lectures & Events

October 19 @ 12 pm CST
Up Next: Unconventional approaches to determining water use efficiency
Speaker: Dr. Myroslava Khomik, University of Waterloo
October 20 @ 10:30 am CST | 12:30 pm ET
(part of the GWF Data Management Webinar Series) 
October 20 @ 11 am CST | 1 pm ET
October 21 @ 10 am CST | 12 pm ET
Join us on Thursday, October 29 for a seminar on climate warming and plant carbon uptake. Hosted by Danielle Way, University of Western Ontario.

Register at
Up Next: Advances in Next Generation Hydrological Modelling
November 5 @ 11 am CST | 1 pm ET

In the News

USask hydrology courses spark interest from around the world
August 7, 2020 - USask News
Nicholas Kinar's and Martyn Clark's virtual courses attract international attention.

Three USask female faculty members honored by the Royal Society of Canada
September 8, 2020 - USask News
USask biologist Christy Morrissey named as a member of RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Young Innovators: U of S software helps predict floods and freshwater supplies
September 13, 2020 - Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Chris Marsh's simulation software helps predict water availability

World-leading water scientists warn of ecological risks in global shift to monoculture crops and tree plantations
September 24, 2020 - USask News
Conversion of large swaths of land to uniform tree plantations and single-crop species may lead to unintended consequences for the water cycle

A Conversation with an Environmental Engineer: Dyan McGrath
September 29, 2020 - Arizona Farm Bureau
Dyan McGrath speaks on the importance of agriculture, self-reliance, and our environment. 

Canada Water Agency will help protect and sustain Canada’s water resources, say USask water scientists
September 29, 2020 - USask News
The new Canada Water Agency is the first critical step toward transforming how water is managed across the country, says John Pomeroy.

Where the river flows: How a proud history of water research led USask to be ranked No.1 in Canada
October 10, 2020 - USask News
While USask officially named water security as one of its signature areas of research a decade ago, the university’s focus on hydrology as a discipline dates back to the 1960s. 


Recent Publications

Aksamit, N., and Pomeroy, J.W. (2020) Warm-air entrainment and advection during alpine blowing snow events, The Cryosphere, 14, 795-2807.

Leroux, N. R., Marsh, C. B., & Pomeroy, J. W. (2020) Simulation of Preferential Flow in Snow with a 2D Non‐Equilibrium Richards Model and Evaluation against Laboratory DataWater Resources Research, e2020WR027466.

Luo, S., Wang, J., Pomeroy, J. W., & Lyu, S. (2020). Freeze–Thaw Changes of Seasonally Frozen Ground on the Tibetan Plateau from 1960 to 2014. Journal of Climate, 33(21), 9427-9446.

Papalexiou, S. M., Rajulapati, C. R., Clark, M., & Lehner, F. (2020) Robustness of CMIP6 historical global mean temperature simulations: trends, long‐term persistence, autocorrelation, and distributional shape. Earth's Future, e2020EF001667.

Salas, J. D., Anderson, M. L., Papalexiou, S. M., & Frances, F. (2020). PMP and Climate Variability and Change: A ReviewJournal of Hydrologic Engineering25(12), 03120002

Sheikholeslami, R., & Razavi, S. A Fresh Look at Variography: Measuring Dependence and Possible Sensitivities Across Geophysical Systems from Any Given Data. Geophysical Research Letters, e2020GL089829.

Stoll, N. & Westbrook, C.J. (2020) Beaver dam capacity of Canada’s boreal plain in response to environmental change. Nature. Sci Rep 1016800.

Upcoming Courses

Open to students within the beyond the CREATE for Water Security program. 
more information>>

Of Interest

AASHE Virtual Conference (Oct 20-22)
FREE to USask Students, Faculty, and Staff

USask is the Host Institution for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference this year! The conference offers 3 full days of live content and networking as well as thirty days of on-demand access to conference materials. 

Check your PAWS announcements or PAWS calendar for the free registration code.  

learn more>>
EcoHack 2020 (Nov 9-13)
Solve Local Environmental & Sustainability Problems

EcoHack is an immersive multi-day experience where innovators, tinkerers, and makers from various degree programs collaborate using a rapid-iteration design model to generate viable solutions to a problem of their choosing, that fits within the City of Saskatoon's theme of "The Social Impacts of Climate Change".

learn more>>
H2O: The Molecule That Made Us wins Award
Congratulations to PBS's H2O: The Molecule That Made Us 3-part series for winning the Best Limited Series - Long Form category at the Jackson Wild Media Awards

GIWS Director, Jay Famiglietti was featured in the 3rd episode: Crisis. 

Funding Opportunities

Climate Action Awareness Fund

The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund will invest $206 million over five years to support Canadian-made projects that help to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Application deadline: October 21, 2020 11:59 EDT
More information>>

Job Opportunities

Associate/Full Professor of Environmental Data Science 
University of Virginia
Review of applications begins November 1, 2020

Hydrologist/GoldSim Modeller
Robertson GeoConsultants Inc.
Vancouver, BC

Junior Water Resources Engineer
Saskatoon, SK

Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
University of Guelph, Ontario
Application deadline: October 26, 2020
Associate or Full Professor in Environmental Science and the School of Data Science
Charlottesville, VA
Review of applications begins November 1, 2020

Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled

Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling 
University of Albany, State University of New York,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre (ASRC)

Application deadline: open until filled


Student/PDF Opportunities

Land Surface Modeler (PDF)
Remote/Bounder, CO
Application deadline: October 25

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Full or part-time work opportunities
Ongoing recruitment

M.A., M.Sc., or Ph.D.: Towards Saskatchewan Well Water Security: Knowledge and Tools for Human and Livestock Health
University of Saskatchewan (2 positions), McMaster University (1 position)

Biogeochemistry of Bloom-Affected Lakes (1 PDF & 3 PhD or MSc)
University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier or University of Waterloo

Integrated surface water and groundwater modelling under changing climate and land management factors
University of Alberta
Application deadline: open until filled

GWF Water Modelling opportunities

  • Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (8 positions)
  • Postdoctoral scholar in convection-permitting climate modelling (1 position)
  • PhD students in computational hydrology (4 positions)

MES in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management (2 positions)
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled

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